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Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation

MSc Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

This is a programme for law enforcement. It aims to provide high quality forensic computing and cybercrime investigation training and formal education. It is also designed to deliver cutting-edge, up-to-date cybercrime investigation techniques, strategies and tactics that allow students to understand and tackle emerging trends in cybercrime. Over the past 10 years we brought in specialists from around the world to review and advise on the content considering the needs of digital forensic investigators and computer crime specialists. The UCD School of Computer Science (CS) and UCD Centre for Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Investigation (CCI) are working closely with law enforcement agencies and industry practitioners in seeking solutions to technologies-related crime. CS and CCI staff also collaborate with the scientists from European Cybercrime Training and Educational Group at Europol (ECTEG) to work on applied research and developing forensic tools and then to transfer high impact research achievements and efficient, free forensic tools to the law enforcement community. This programme is delivered by experienced academics from CS and CCI and also by experts who are leaders, managers and heads of forensic departments in law enforcement agencies and in industry.

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A wide range of modules is available at beginner and advanced levels. On successful completion of the programme, depending on the module taken, students will be able to:

Understand methods used to conduct forensic analysis of digital devices including computer systems and mobile devices

Identify, collect, process, analyse and present digital forensics evidence

Use common network investigation techniques

Develop critical thinking in anaylsing and performing cybercrime investigation

Research and develop custom tools for evidence analysis

Work in groups to resolve computer forensic challenges

Understand the cybercrime business model and how to perform the financial fraud investigations

Conduct research into novel forensic and cybercrime investigation problems

Investigate cases of child sexual exploitation on the Internet

Tackle the forensic analysis of future technologies (both hardware and software) through the development of new applications

Vision and Values Statement

This is a programme for law enforcement. This programme aims to provide high quality forensic computing and cybercrime investigation training and formal education. It is also designed to deliver cutting-edge, up-to-date cybercrime investigation techniques, strategies and tactics that allow students to understand and tackle emerging trends in cybercrime. (Purposes). Over the past 10 years we have brought in specialists from around the world to review and advise on the content considering the needs of digital forensic investigators and computer crime specialists. The UCD School of Computer Science (CSI) and UCD Centre for Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Investigation (CCI) have been working closely with law enforcement agencies and industry practitioners in seeking solutions to technologies-related crime. CSI and CCI staff also collaborate with the scientists from European Cybercrime Training and Educational Group at Europol (ECTEG) to work on applied research and developing forensic tools and then transfer both high impact research achievement and efficient, free forensic tools to the students. This programme is delivered by not only the experienced academia staff from CSI and CCI but also the experts who are leaders, managers, heads of forensic department in law enforcement agencies and industries. Besides, with a modular structure and part-time options, students can combine study with full-time work and family commitments. (Values). The programme structure fosters and encourages close liaison between students, so graduates leave not only having required skills for all cybercrime investigating services but also an excellent international network of contacts for the future. (Learning outcomes). All lectures are pre-recorded and provided online via a virtual online learning environment, allowing students to participate from their house or office. All modules consist of continuous formative assessment components assessing core practical skills and culminate in a written summative assessment final exam. Students attend UCD exam centres only for examinations each year. Students will graduate with a UCD MSc when (s)he has achieved 90 credits. (Approaches to teaching learning and assessment).

Programme Outcomes

Understand methods used to conduct forensic analysis of digital devices including computer systems and mobile devices

Identify, collect, process, analyse and present digital forensics evidence

Develop critical thinking in anaylsing and performing cybercrime investigation

Use common network investigation techniques

Research and develop custom tools for evidence analysis

Work in group to resolve computer forensic challenges

Understand cybercrime business model and how to perform the financial fraud investigation

Conduct research into novel forensic and cybercrime investigation problems

Perform the financial fraud investigation

Tackle the forensic analysis of future technologies (both hardware and software) through the development of new applications

Investigate cases of child sexual exploitation on the Internet

Entry requirements

As well as being restricted to members of LAW ENFORCEMENT (LE) organisations, applicants are normally expected to be working in an investigative role. Law enforcement includes any organisation that has responsibility for the enforcement of national or local legislation including but not limited to:

Local, National, or Federal Police Forces
International Police organisations (Europol, Interpol, etc)
Fisheries
Revenue & Customs
Military

Applicants to the M.Sc. / Grad. Diploma / Grad. Certificate programme should have 5 years experience in LE. If they have less than 5 years experience in LE, applicants should have a degree in computing / policing studies / related discipline;
OR
2 years LE experience in Digital Forensics / Cybercrime Investigation role.

If they do not meet the above criteria, candidates may apply to do single modules as CPD (F001). Each applicant will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Duration

This Masters degree is completed by building 90 credits selecting modules from both semesters and can be completed in one year on a full-time basis or in two years on a part-time basis.

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability

In the past 11 years, over 700 law enforcement officers from 61 countries and have studied on this programme. For law enforcement officers, having this qualification has the advantage of adding credibility to their testimony as expert witnesses. Career development possibilities are excellent. Graduates include senior staff at Europol and INTERPOL, members of national and regional police forces and police training colleges, government ministries and agencies with LE powers, defence forces, specialist cybercrime agencies, revenue, customs and border protection. Our graduate community is one of the benefits of the course. Contact us if you'd like to speak to a graduate about their experience.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Ian Bonar
Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 2947

Subjects taught

Course content and the flexible mode of delivery are designed to suit busy working professionals located all over the world.

Modules available

There are two core modules and a further thirteen elective taught modules. Students are recommended to take the core modules and then select further modules, according to their interests and experience. Please look at the detailed module descriptions for pre-requisites, learning outcomes, assessment scheme and workload. It is not mandatory to do a dissertation - the MSc may be completed with taught modules only. Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate options are also available. It is possible to take single modules as CPD.

Computer Forensics COMP40100 (core module)
Network Investigations COMP40110 (core module)
Programming for Investigators COMP40120
Financial Investigation Techniques - Following the Money (COMP47510)
Open Source Intelligence - Collection & Analysis COMP47630
Linux for Investigators COMP41430
Online Child Abuse Investigations COMP47640
Mobile Devices Investigations COMP47430
Advanced Scripting COMP41570
VoIP and Wireless Investigations COMP41580
Advanced Computer Forensics COMP41590
Malware Investigations COMP41650
Live Data Forensics COMP41660
Data & Database Forensics COMP47370
Advanced Malware Analysis COMP47380

Case Studies COMP40150
Research Project in Forensic Computing and Cyber Crime Investigation COMP40160

Course delivery

Lectures are pre-recorded and provided online via a virtual online learning environment. Exercises, reading and assignments and projects are conducted online and in our virtual labs. Students are required to come to Dublin, or another UCD exam centre for approx. 5-10 days each year to complete examinations and workshops. All modules are examined in May/June each year in Dublin, Netherlands and the USA. We also hold optional exams in Dublin in December for our semester one modules.

Application date

Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

This programme is open to members of LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ONLY. This includes employees of any organisation that has responsibility for the enforcement of national or local legislation including but not limited to: Police Forces, International law enforcement organisations (Europol, Interpol, etc), Fisheries, Border control, Immigration, Tax/Revenue & Customs, Regulatory enforcement, Military (Army, Navy, Air Force etc). The programme is flexible enough to accomodate both experts and beginners in the field of digital forensics and cybercrime investigation.

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation Sept FT (T146)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

MSc Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation Sept PT (T025)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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